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If God's external call - the proclamation of the content, invitation, and promise of the gospel - is not saving, if it does not cause sinners to respond in repentance and faith, this is not due to a lack of graciousness in the gospel call. In the gospel call, no one is excluded because his sins are too great, or because he has sinned too long, or because he was not invited.

What effect has the gospel call produced in your life? Are you still resisting, or have you, by grace, surrendered to its call?

Despite the graciousness and wonderfulness of God's external call, sinful man consistently refuses to respond to its invitation. Due to our total depravity - our sinful enniity, pride, and blindness - we will not turn to God. We refuse to repent from our sins and to beg Him for forgiveness.

The despising and rejecting of God's gospel call is fallen man's natural, insulting, and deadly response - one which greatly adds to his guilt and condemnation. The terrible truth of sinful man's rejection of the external call is stated in the scriptural references below.


Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded;

But yet have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof:

I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh.

- Proverbs 1:24-26

Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

- Isaiah 53:1

Therefore will I number you to the sword, and ye shall all bow down to the slaughter: because when I called, ye did not answer; when I spake, ye did not hear; but did evil before Mine eyes, and did choose that wherein I delighted not.

- Isaiah 65:12

Who being the brightness of His glory, and the express image of His Person, and upholding all things by the Word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.

- Hebrews 2:3

Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it.. I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come.

- Luke 14:16-20

And ye will not come to Me, that ye might have life.

- John 5:40

But to Israel He saith, All day long I have stretched forth My hands unto a disobedient and gainsaying people.

- Romans 10:21

And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

For many are called, but few are chosen.

- Matthew 22:3,14


Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land.

- Isaiah 1:18-19

Wherefore He is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them.

- Hebrews 7:25


Why are sins against the gospel, against the Holy Spirit's calling, sins of the worst degree? Why will the sins of despising and rejecting the gospel be punished most severely?

Read II Timothy 2:13

If we believe not, yet He abideth faithful: He cannot deny Himself.

How does this verse relate to God's gospel remaining true, despite the sinner's unbelief?

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